If you’re thinking about visiting Cuba in May, you’ve come to the right place. The weather in May in Cuba is hugely popular with beachgoers as the weather is simply divine. This sub-tropical country enjoys blue skies, warm seas and the occasional downpour in May. If you’re looking to top up your tan, see the sights and recharge your batteries, we’re confident you’ll love Cuba in May.
Although it may be the start of the rainy season, don’t let this put you off. A Cuban rain shower is nothing like anything you might encounter in Northern Europe. You might get a brief rain shower, but the weather will soon clear up and you’ll be enjoying blue skies again. If you’d rather avoid the rain altogether, then visiting Cuba in March in the middle of the dry season might suit you better. If you’re not afraid of a little rain, read on!
Although still technically Spring, Cuba in May will feel very much like summer. As it’s during the rainy season, prices tend to be a little lower, but you should still book excursions in advance to make sure you aren’t disappointed.
The Cuban rainy season runs from May to mid-November, so you can expect more rain that during the dry season. In Havana, you can expect around 177mm of rain throughout May. Heading East, places like Holguin might see around 113mm of rain throughout May. In general, the heaviest rains don’t arrive until later in the rainy season, around August and September. It’s also very rare to see any hurricane activity.
If you want to skip the humidity and overwhelming heat of the summer months but still want to enjoy some sunshine then the May Cuban weather is perfect for you!
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Cuba is a tropical country with that lies between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer. This means the average Cuba weather in May is hot and sunny with some rain. As you head inland and into more mountainous regions, the weather can be colder, so pack accordingly if you plan to go hiking.
In May, Havana is typically around 22°C to 31°C. Holguin in the East of the island will be a similar temperature, between 21°C and 31°C. Santiago de Cuba will be around 21°C to 28°C while Trinidad will be around 22°C to 31°C. Overall, the weather in Cuba in May is really pleasant and enjoyable. While it might be too hot to sit on the beach all day, you can take the opportunity to get out and see the sights.
There is no shortage of things to do in Cuba in May. The Cuban weather in May is perfect for seeing the sights and soaking up all of the cultural goings on the island has to offer. May also plays host to a number of incredible festivals in and around Havana. Here are some of our top picks.
What started as a religious pilgrimage in 1790 has recently been adopted by young artists from the region. The Romerías de Mayo in Holguin is an annual pilgrimage where devotees climb Loma de la Cruz for a special mass. The whole city of Holguin turns out for the procession. Today, artists and musicians share their work in a marathon-like programme in locations throughout the city.
Close by in Gibara, the low budget film festival Festival Internacional de Cine Pobre brings together filmmakers for a range of screenings and competitions, all celebrating the craft of filmmaking on a minimal budget.
The only competition of its kind in Latin America, La Joven Estampa brings together master engravers under the age of 35 to share their art and compete for prestigious prizes. It’s a truly magical event that offers a glimpse into the world of engraving with events going on around Havana.
Havana plays host to three more must-see events, including the Feria Internacional Cubadisco, the Festival Internacional de Poesía and the Bienal de La Habana. The first shines a spotlight on the Cuban recording industry, the second showcases the very best in poetry, and the third is a symposium of cultural accomplishments. Every two years, people from all over the world flock to Havana for the Biennial, with the whole city turned into a gallery for the duration.
And finally, the Festival La Huella de España is a delightful festival founded by Cuba´s prima ballerina, Alicia Alonso in 1989. It’s an incredible celebration of the history of dance in the country, from traditional roots to contemporary interpretations.
You can also catch a Vamos Cuba group tour, or create your bespoke Cuban experience with a private tour. Here are our picks of the best things to do in Cuba in May with Vamos Cuba.
Take advantage of the cooler weather to practice your salsa moves without working up too much of a sweat. Our solo salsa holiday is perfect for the cooler months, including January.